Rotational diffusion of partially wetted colloids at fluid interfaces.


Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (L2C), University of Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France; Institut Charles Sadron (ICS), CNRS, 23 Rue du Loess, 67034 Strasbourg, France. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : Rotational Brownian diffusions of colloidal particles at a fluid interface play important roles in particle self-assembly and in surface microrheology. Recent experiments on translational Brownian motion of spherical particles at the air-water interface show a significant slowing down of the translational diffusion with respect to the hydrodynamic predictions (Boniello et al., 2015). For the rotational diffusions of partially wetted colloids, slowing down of the particle dynamics can be also expected.
METHODS : Here, the rotational dynamics of Janus colloids at the air-water interface have been experimentally investigated using optical microscopy. Bright field and fluorescent microscopies have been used to measure the in-plane and out-of-plane particle rotational diffusions exploiting the Janus geometry of the colloids we fabricated.
RESULTS : Our results show a severe slowing down of the rotational diffusion Dr,⊥ connected to the contact line motion and wetting-dewetting dynamics occurring on particle regions located at opposite liquid wedges. A slowing down of the particle rotational diffusion about an axis parallel to the interfacial normal Dr,|| was also observed. Contact line fluctuations due to partial wetting dynamics lead to a rotational line friction that we have modelled in order to describe our results.


Air-water interface,Colloid,Interfacial diffusion,Line pinning,Partial wetting,Rotational diffusion,Viscous drag,

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